Ryan McAdams is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation. Equally prized as a symphonic, operatic, and contemporary music conductor, he made a highly successful subscription European debut in February, 2010 with the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale in Florence, where he has returned three times in the past three years. He made his Eastern European debut with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Julian Rachlin, and Mischa Maisky in Dubrovnik in September, 2010. His subscription debut with the Israel Philharmonic, replacing an indisposed Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos, was hailed as "extraordinary," "masterful," and "immense[ly] dramatic" by the Jerusalem Post; a live recording of the concert was released by the IPO on the Helicon Classics label. He has returned to the Israel Philharmonic twice since, most recently in a run of performances featuring concerti with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and Orff's "Carmina Burana." A Fulbright scholar, he previously served as Apprentice Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, assisting then-Chief Conductor Alan Gilbert. Mr. McAdams is the first-ever recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award.
His appearances in 2015-16 include a concert performance of Bizet's "Les pecheurs de perles" and a tour of Southern Italy with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, a full production of "Pecheurs" with the Opera di Firenze, Rossini's "Il barbiere di Siviglia" with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, "Le Nozze di Figaro" with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, multiple international performances with the Wordless Music Orchestra, a concert performance of "Carmen" with Teatro Regio Torino in the Piazza San Carlo for an audience of 25,000, subscription concerts with Santa Fe Symphony, "Don Giovanni" with New York's Venture Opera, a collaboration with Lincoln Center Jazz and the Phoenix Symphony, a contemporary music project with Philadelphia's Orchestra 2001, and much more. Recent highlights include appearances with the Israel Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, Columbus Symphony, Princeton Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, L'Orchestra de Chambre de Geneve, Juilliard Opera Center, Westchester Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Talea Ensemble, New York City Ballet, Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Indianapolis Symphony, CityMusic Cleveland, Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, the Wordless Music Series, New Jersey Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, and the Juilliard FOCUS! Festival.
A contemporary music advocate, Mr. McAdams was the conductor for Elliott Carter's 103rd Birthday Celebration at the 92Y with Fred Sherry and Nicholas Phan - a concert that was named one of the Best Classical Music Events of 2011 by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times. Recent contemporary music projects include premiering Jonathan Dawe's new opera "Cracked Orlando" with Anthony Roth Costanzo at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, and leading the world premiere of William Basinski's "The Disintegration Loops" with the Wordless Music Orchestra at the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum for the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11th - a concert broadcast worldwide on National Public Radio. He also appeared with the Wordless Music Orchestra for a live screening of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" at the Prospect Park Bandshell and at the Barbican in London, and will conduct the New York premiere of the score to "There Will Be Blood" live to the film in Sept., 2014, with composer Jonny Greenwood playing Ondes Martenont, He has premiered over thirty works for the Juilliard Composers Concert series and the New York City Ballet, and served as Assistant Conductor for the American premiere and recording of John Adams' "Doctor Atomic Symphony" with the St. Louis Symphony.
In 2005 and 2006, he attended the Aspen Music Festival as an Academy Conductor, studying with David Zinman. Nominated by both Maestro Zinman and Glimmerglass Opera, he became the first recipient of the Glimmerglass-Aspen Prize for Opera Conducting. In 2007, he was invited by Lorin Maazel to create the post of Apprentice Conductor for the Chateauville Foundation at the Maazel Estate in Virginia, assisting Maestro Maazel on a production of Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia." In 2009, at the invitation of James Levine and the Tanglewood Festival, he served as one of Tanglewood's Conducting Fellows. He was invited back to Tanglewood to conduct the BUTI Orchestra in the Summer of 2013. In 2008, he served as the Assistant Conductor of the Aspen Music Festival. McAdams served as Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony from 2007-2012, winning multiple ASCAP awards for innovative programming, and garnering major critical acclaim.
Ryan McAdams resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, dancer/performer Laura Careless.